Four fixtures, eight teams. We look at the teams remaining in the 2017 Watsons Village Cup.
Langtons v Astwood Bank (Lecis, Notts & Lincs v Worcs)
This is Langtons’ first time in the competition since 2013, and thus far they have prospered, knocking out Weekley & Warkton and Cresselly to get this far. They have been performing well, regularly posting scores over 200. Astwood Bank similarly have been convincing in their wins to date, losing just 24 wickets in six matches.
Falkland or Sessay v Hawk Green (Scotland/N Yorks N v Cheshire & Clwyd)
Rain got the better of the tie in Scotland last weekend, so Falkland will make the return trip to Sessay on July 16. Sessay had reached 47-1 after 11 overs in pursuit of Falkland’s 138, but no more play was possible. Hawk Green meanwhile knocked out 2013 champions Cleator after dismissing them for 148 after having them 70 for 7. Cleator’s Ian Clarke – who hit the winning runs int he 2013 final – saved his side with a fifty. Peter Richards of Hawk Green has looked strong, scoring two centuries along with a 92 not out so far.
Bledlow Village v Reed (Bucks v Beds & Herts)
Bledlow have had in-form batsmen this summer, with Will Woodward and Harry Bartlett both posting big centuries. 2012 winners Reed will have been pleased to overcome the typically strong Mayfield in Round 5.
Aston Rowant v Ynystawe (Oxfordshire v Glam & Gwent)
Rowant have looked a class above their opponents this year, a 2-run victory over Cumnor in the regional final their only scare. This will be a close tie, with Ynystawe no doubt feeling confident after their win over Cornwall outfit Roche, with Swansea City left-back Sam Blake taking 6 for 32.
The quarter-finals will take place on July 23.